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Old Jan 18, 2011, 5:05 AM   #11
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In addition to what has been said, many cheaper cameras are limited by hardware. Some have only a couple apertures to choose from, and/or very few shutter speed settings. I've seen entry level cameras with only two apertures....not much need for manual control there.

And really, you can get a digicam with some manual control for under $200.
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Old Jan 18, 2011, 8:07 AM   #12
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In addition to what has been said, many cheaper cameras are limited by hardware. Some have only a couple apertures to choose from, and/or very few shutter speed settings. I've seen entry level cameras with only two apertures....not much need for manual control there...
actually, that may be the over-riding factor. and i haven't studied it, but i understand some low end cameras use a ND filter to simulate a smaller aperture.
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Old Jan 18, 2011, 8:21 AM   #13
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Yea I hadn't considered that (because honestly adding a mode to the dial doesnt cost much). Good point.
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Old Jan 18, 2011, 8:25 AM   #14
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On another note, many cameras can be hacked enabling them to do things not meant to by the mfg. Panasonic has a few hacks enabling better video as well as other things. Dont know what model you have but you can look up Hack (camera model) and see if there is one for your camera.
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Old Jan 18, 2011, 8:38 AM   #15
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Speaking of hacks, there is a hack called CHDK (http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK) for Canon cameras which unlocks a host of features.
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Old Jan 23, 2011, 10:20 AM   #16
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Im chiming in with some of the others. Entry level cameras and most P&S are marketed at the beginners or people who just want to pick up the camera and take a picture and arent really concious of the IQ difference. Whether or not the camera is capable really doesnt play into it. If you add too much to the menu or controls it just became intimidating and frustrating to the targeted demographic and you lost your market share. Put such a camera in the hands of a professional and they get discouraged because they dont have the control they want, inversely put a Pro body in the hands of a novice and they get discouraged because there is too much.
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